Sorry that I haven’t been posting much lately.Â My life is a little hectic, to say the least.
(1)Â School started two weeks ago, and I’m busting my booty at school.Â Even though I don’t have my own class of students, I’m giving reading assessments to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, helping organize reading buddies, keeping the leveled book room and professional reading room up to par for the teachers’ use, writing the newsletter, and working on a couple of volunteer programs. Plus, the past week I’ve been getting things ready for my almost two-week absence.
(2) RT and I are leaving on Monday for our 10-day trip to Alaska.Â We both have been busy working out all the arrangements for that – flights (a total of TEN flights in all!), lodging, fishing guides, car rentals.Â Â And we had to planÂ alternate arrangements for some of the flights inside Alaska since the weather is a major factor this time of year. Three days of our time there will be as part of a photography group at Denali.Â So we’ve also been busy getting cameras and photos ready for the trip.
(3) RT and I are getting married a week from tomorrow (September 2) in Denali – on the Alaskan tundra within view of Mount McKinley, and I’ve been also busting my booty getting things ready for that – picking out rings, re-sizing rings, picking up re-sized rings, deciding I didn’t like the original ring I selected (it didn’tÂ look right with the engagement ring)Â and taking it back and picking out another one.Â Making the arrangements for the marriage license and ceremony has taken quite a bit of work, too.Â It’s going to be a very informal weddingÂ – we’ll wear hiking clothes (packing space is at a premium) and we’ll be the only ones there except for the commissioner and maybe a couple witnesses which I think are required by law.Â No reception or music or anything else.Â So you wouldn’t think it would take much planning.Â And I guess it hasn’t taken that much time – just making sure everything is handled to get the out of state marriage license, and we have to write our own vows since we won’t be using a set religious ceremony.
(4) It has been amazing how the story of our engagement and wedding has caught so many people’s interest.Â I’ve hadÂ lots ofÂ people tell me that when they heard about it, it brought tears to their eyes, and I guess our story IS quite unusual.Â My mother tells me I should write a book about it.Â I don’t think it is THAT unusual, though.Â Our story is a testament to “true love conquers all” . . . or something like that.
We’ll be back in town on September 6th – and soon after that maybe I can get back to regular blogging. In the meantime, keep coming back, and leave a few comments.Â I don’t want to lose all 7 of my regular readers.
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